Sankalp Africa Summit 2014: An Analysis

In 2013, Sankalp Forum expanded in to Africa with the ambition of accelerating enterprise growth and building a South-South corridor to promote greater learning and partnerships between developing countries. Sankalp in Africa launched with an emerging SME Awards program and an industry convening.

Conversations at the 2-day conference were driven by 4 key focus areas – entrepreneurship, innovation, financing and collaboration – all geared towards taking an ecosystem view of inclusive development in Africa.

It featured an effective mix of big picture discussions like “Looking to Africa for Leadership in Inclusive Development”; as well as more specific deep dives on sectors like agriculture, healthcare, clean energy. Effective SME financing was also discussed with a focus on angel investing and taking a “more than money” approach in VC investing. A special “capacity building” track for SMEs featured  a mentoring clinic, workshops on business modeling and fundraising, and match-making with corporates and investors.

All this contributed to making Nairobi a go-to destination for inclusive development practitioners during the week of February 11, 2014.

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